If you are being investigated in a criminal matter, or are a suspect in a criminal case, or have been questioned in a criminal case, you should contact this New Orleans criminal attorney who has extensive experience in criminal law and trial litigation for the best possible outcome.
If you have been arrested in a criminal matter, you are entitled to legal counsel and representation. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you by the court.
There is a difference between criminal law and civil law. In a criminal case, a prosecutor, as representative of the injured community, initiates and controls the case and the defendant is entitled to representation by an attorney if necessary.
Both criminal and civil laws may be violated by the same action. For example, a defendant may be civilly sued by a victim for monetary damages and criminally prosecuted by the state.
The American criminal justice system is complex and becoming more so. Many acts, acceptable at one time in America (such as the punishment of a child, drinking while driving, or sexual harassment) are now criminalized. American law reflects the social concerns of citizens of the U.S. even to degrees of guilt. Under the United States Criminal Law, crimes are divided into felonies and misdemeanors with the potential punishment as the determining factor.
If the crime is considered a felony, it is punishable by imprisonment for longer than a year. Punishment for a misdemeanor is for a year or less. Some crimes are called “wobblers,” as sentence may be imposed by a judge who has the legal discretion of imposing a sentence of less than a year thereby determining the class of crime (misdemeanor or felony). Actions punishable only by fine are usually considered infractions and not crimes at all. In more recent times, it has become the norm to classify crimes as “white collar” or “violent.”
Violent crimes in the U.S. include child abuse, domestic violence, arson, assault, battery, homicide, murder, robbery, and rape among others. Do not hesitate to contact this attorney to defend your freedom.
Stephen D. Hebert, LLC – Attorney at Law
700 Camp St #216
New Orleans, LA 70130